You might remember Ted Leo from his exploits many years back in the New York hard-core scene with bands like Citizens Arrest and Animal Crackers. More likely, you remember his inspiring role as songwriter and leader of (legendary?) DC mod-punk band, Chisel, from 1990 to 1997. You may even be lucky enough to have caught the short-lived but long remembered Sin Eaters, whom Ted fronted from 1997-1998, or his touring stint with the Spinanes during those same years. Probably, though, you are most familiar with the understated but forceful path he’s been blazing as a solo artist since 1997. His songs are fragile but proud, and exalt in social and musical purpose, with inescapable melodies and tangible yet romantic lyrics that could easily draw comparisons to greats such as Billy Bragg or Alex Chilton, and somehow leave you thinking of Curtis Mayfield and CRASS…
Now, in June 2001, “The Tyranny of Distance” brings it all home. Ted takes all that he has found and all that he has been learning in his his many years of writing, recording, and relentless touring, and produced an album of startling ambition with glorious results. Again produced by Brendan Canty (Fugazi), it also features appearances by members of Trans Am, The Make-Up, Golden, The Telegraph Melts, and Fugazi — all complementing and helping to propel Ted’s vision into reality.
L275 Lookout Freakout Episode 2
L268 The Tyranny of Distance
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl
M366 Split EP